Ukraine border guards report relocation of Russian paratroopers in occupied Crimea

21:15, 02 December 2015
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The State Border Service of Ukraine obtained information about the ongoing relocation of Russian troops on the annexed peninsula, the border guards’ spokesman Oleh Slobodian said in an interview with 112 Ukraine TV channel.  

Redeployment of Russian troops in the occupied Crimea / ZN.UA

"At the moment we do not observe military equipment amassed directly at the administrative border with the temporarily occupied territory. However, we have evidence that there, in fact, has been a relocation of in the rear of the occupied territory, and certain units of Russian paratroopers have been deployed," he said.

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In particular, "On November 24, five Russian IL-76 military transport aircrafts transferred two battalion tactical groups of paratroopers, belonging to the Russian Airborne Armed Forces, from the city of Ivanovo (central Russia) to the Dzhankoy airfield in Crimea," the statement read.

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